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Language and the Mind


Admission requirements

A course for MA students with a considerable philosophical background.


An intensive course in John Searle’s writings on language and the mind. The course aims to relate topics from philosophy of language, such as speech acts, fiction, metaphor, meaning and reference, to the problem how thought and perception can be thought and perception of an object. According to Searle philosophy of language is a branch of the philosophy of mind, but how is this possible given that we seem to have access to the mind only through language.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Timetables Master’s Programmes 2010-2011

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Presentation

  • Paper


Reading list

  • John Searle, Expression and Meaning; Studies in the Theory of Speech Acts, Cambridge, 1979

  • John Searle, Intentionality; An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge, 1983


Please register for this course on uSis. See registration procedure

Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Dr. M.S. van der Schaar:


Specialisation: History and Philosophy of the Sciences